I have been growing Eggplant or Aubergine as I know it better in my garden during the summer. I’ve loved growing them but they are quite labour intensive and the plants are really large. There are easier plants to grow but the results are so delicious that it is well worth the effort in the end.
I have managed to harvest these cute fruits. Yes they are fruits but are commonly used and eaten as a vegetable. Whatever they are classed as, these little gems are beautiful and sweet when roasted.
I wanted to make the Best Baba Ganoush dip that I could and have the perfect recipe that show off their sweet flavour.
I’ve been wanting to make a carrot cake for a little while now and I wanted to give it a bit of a twist, something to make it stand out from the crowd. Well I have done just that! Adding Gogi Berries to it has given it a lift and a flash of colour, I love it!
I’ve used Gogi berries before and was looking for other recipes I could adapt so that I could make even more use of this yummy fruit.
Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake
4.6 from 5 votes
Carrot and Gogi Berry Loaf Cake
Add a twist of something special to this lovely Carrot cake with these super cool Gogi Berries
50gDark brown sugar
halfteaspoonBicarbonate of Soda
Grate the carrots (these will be part of your wet ingredients)
Mix all of the dry ingredients together apart from the Gogi Berries in one bowl then set aside.
In a food mixer put all of the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Combine together and add the Gogi Berries.
Pour into a medium loaf tin
Bake for 35 mins on 170oc
This is great to use up some of those extra ingredients you might have around the store cupboard. Another easy recipe which big results is my Cheese Scones which are super quick. If you fancy a sweet treat try my Ultimate Chocolate Brownies!
If you want to rehydrate dried Gogi berries then pop them in a bowl or cup, pour over boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. Drain well and then they are plump and juicy, ready to use.
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I like to try all the different vegetables on offer and this week I had an organic box delivery which had a great Butternut Squash nestled inside.
I wanted to make the most of what I could do with it so I have devised the best butternut squash supper recipe I can imagine which is great for all the family.
Luckily my boys and OH love their food and will try all the different dishes that I come up with. My eldest son loves sweet potatoes and I think that the butternut squash looks very similar. They have had it before but not like this, being made the star of the show!
4.8 from 5 votes
The Best Butternut Squash Recipe
The Best Butternut Squash Recipe. Great for all the family to enjoy.
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Salt and PepperTo personal taste
Slice the Butternut Squash into 4 or 6 slices depending on how large it is.
Place on a baking tray with lining paper
Sprinkle on the olive oil
Add salt and pepper to taste
Roast in the over for 40 minutes
Cook the Quinoa for the required time depending on pre cooked or part cooked.
Take the Butternut Squash out of the oven and immediately grate over the parmesan cheese.
When I was a young girl and staying with my nan on the weekends she would often bake with me. I remember the feel of the oversized apron tied around my waist, folded in the middle so that it wouldn’t trip me up.
One of the staple things we would bake together was scones; plain, fruit or cheese, all these would be made with her big hands over my little ones.
So, when I was looking for a tasty bake to make with my boys then cheese scones were a favourite choice.
The recipe and method are straightforward and ideas for moulding together quickly for a warm and wholesome savory treat.
5 from 1 vote
Seriously Tasty Cheese Scones Recipe
As the title says, these are seriously tasty and what's more is that they can be made in the blink of an eye!
1Egg used for glazing
Pre heat oven to 200 ºC (185 ºC if using a fan oven)
Measure and put the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt into a mixing bowl
Add the Butter and rub together with the tips of your fingers until it looks and feels like wet sand
Grate the Cheese and mix through with a large spoon
Add the Water and Milk
Work together with your hands but don’t hand longer than necessary
Put out onto a lightly floured surface
Press down to a thickness of 2cm and cut out in rounds approximately 5cm wide
Put onto a baking tray and cook for 15mins until golden
Allow to cool a little on a wire rack.
If you fancy another easy comfort food dish that you can make while you’ve got the oven on then try my Easy Toad in the Hole recipe
This dish is so easy to make and the idea that you can make super yummy pesto made with carrot tops is a great idea. The amount of green carrot tops that just end up in the food bin is really daft and finding that they can be put to good use is pretty cool.
We have been growing vegetables this year which you can see in my free pallet patio garden post and you can actually see the carrots as they started off there. They have come out all shapes and sizes which is really cute.
We eat lots of pasta at home and it’s a really quick supper for our family which can fit in with our busy homelife. Pesto has long been a favourite but I had rarely made it before. Then when I was looking for ways to use the leftovers from some of my home grown vegetables I stumbled across someone saying to try it in pesto. I adapted the general idea and had a play and came up with this recipe which is quick, easy and very adaptable to the amount of ingredients you have to hand.
One of the many advantages of this recipe is that it’s an all in one recipe. Everything into the mixer and blitz for a couple of minutes.
Once made you can store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. Try it out on chicken or tofu too.
4.34 from 3 votes
Pesto made with carrot tops
This delicious Pesto made with the leafy green carrot tops adds a new dimension to Pesto Pasta. Also great to be smothered over meat or vegetables for your BBQ or main meal
Author: Mainy - myrealfairy.com
1bunchGreen leafs from carrot tops
Wash the leafy tops of the carrots well in cold water to remove any soil
Peel a garlic clove
Put all of the ingredients into a small blender with a chopping setting.
Whizz for approximately 2 minutes until it is all chopped to a smooth paste
This vegan chocolate cake recipe is one to keep. I came across the idea when I realised there were many more people that I know who are either vegan or who are removing some areas of food from their diet. There are so many ways in which we can tweak our favourite recipes to meet our own requirements.
With my vegan chocolate cake it does not contain any eggs or butter. The standard sugar has been replaced with Natvia sweetener – Natvia is made from the stevia plant and is completely natural – and the oil is vegetable oil.
This is a cake that is so versatile. It’s perfect with a hot coffee, if you fancy a summer party then adding fresh fruit will put the sunshine feeling into the day, or if it’s luxury you are after then vegan hazelnut frosting is something that will top this off a treat!
See how easy it is to make….
5 from 7 votes
Vegan Chocolate Cake
This No Egg, No Butter, Vegan Chocolate Cake is delicious! Try it out with fresh fruit or a hot steaming coffee. You can upgrade this to the best wedding cake with vegan frosting, it's so versatile.
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
12ozNatvia Natural Sweetener
3teaspoonBicarbonate of Soda
8fl ozfl oz Vegetable Oil
Measure out your dry ingredients and mix these together in a large bowl.
Add your wet ingredients and blend these in making a smooth paste.
Line an 8 inch (22cm) loose bottomed cake tin with parchment.
Carefully pour into the tin.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
Insert a clean toothpick into the centre of the cake to see if it is baked. If the toothpick comes out clean then it’s done!
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Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin Recipe.
Tiffin is a cold set hard pressed chocolate and biscuit combo. You’ll have to go far to find anything more deliciously chocolatey, sweet and crumbly. It is moreish beyond belief. In an attempt to make it slightly healthier I’ve added dried cherries, you could also try sultanas, cranberries or even figs. But be warned this is a calorific treat and should not be consumed in one sitting.
I also included in brackets how to make it gluten free, which is pretty simple with some ingredient substitutions.
This Easy Granola Recipe can be made with or without the seeds and berries depending on your preference.
What you will need is:
3 cups of Porridge Oats
1 Tablespoon of honey or fruit syrup
A sprinkle of:
Dried Goji berries
Jumbo flame raisins
Here’s what you need to do using the photos and some very easy steps…
Mix the honey or syrup into the oats in a large bowl so that they are covered.
Line a baking tray with parchment. Spread the oats in a thin layer. Bake on a medium heat for 10 minutes stirring once after 5 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they can go from bronze to burnt very quickly.
Mix in your choice of dried fruits and nuts and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. Take out of the oven and mix well.
Leave to cool before placing in an airtight container.
Today on #guestpost week we have the lovely Kerry from Blissful Domestication She has made this wonderful chocolate mug cake that looks totally scrummy. Over to you Kerry…..
Chocolate Mug Cake
I think these would make a great novel dessert for a dinner party, and as they only take 5-10 minutes to rustle up, you can impress your friends with minimal effort. I will be buying some prettier mugs for this very purpose!
As an added bonus of having chocolate cake in less than 10 minutes (as if one is needed!), because all the ingredients are mixed in the mug there is very little washing up to do- it’s win win really!
4 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread
3 tbsp light brown sugar
4 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Put the butter and 3tbsp of the chocolate spread in the mug, and microwave for 30 secs to melt. Mix together well.
Allow to cool slightly, then add the egg and beat well using a fork.
Add the sugar, flour and baking powder and mix in well with the fork until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Cook in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
Spoon the last tbsp of chocolate spread into the middle, and cook for a further 40 seconds.
The top of the mug cake may look a bit moist, but if it is firm underneath it is done. Don’t be tempting to cook for longer as it can dry out the middle.
Sometimes the cake can spill over the edge, just wipe away any spilt cake mixture with a clean damp cloth whilst it is still warm.
I chose to just sprinkle the top of mine with icing sugar, but you could get more inventive and use cream, chocolate chips, nuts, anything you fancy really.
NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate. I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below.
Thank you Kerry for being involved in this #guestpost series. Brilliant to have you featured here and I cant wait to try cake in a mug – genius. You can find out more about Kerry by visiting her social media sites below: